Ancestral Quest 12.1 is certified by FamilySearch to access and update the
Family Tree database of new.FamilySearch.org, and to reserve LDS temple
ordinances. It is also a FamilySearch
certified PAF add-in, which means that a user of PAF 5 can use AQ 12.1 to
synchronize his/her local PAF database with the Family Tree of new
FamilySearch. So whether you use AQ by itself, or want to use PAF with AQ as
an add-in, you will be able to synchronize your data with new FamilySearch.
Ancestral Quest 12.1 received the
2009 FamilySearch Software Award for
Most Comprehensive Syncing in the Desktop Syncing or Tree-Cleaning category.
Ancestral Quest is a full-featured family tree records manager that has been available
for Windows users since 1994. Over the years, Incline Software has licensed
the software to be modified by many different companies and sold
under many different names. Ancestral Quest, along with its licensed
derivatives, is arguably the most widely used software in the world*.
(See product description.)
AQ 12.1 is now available in two versions. The full-featured Ancestral Quest and the free Ancestral Quest Basics. This program has all the basic features of Ancestral Quest including the basic features which allow a user to synchronize their own data
with the Family Tree of new.FamilySearch.org.
If you are just a beginner, you might want to get started by downloading AQ
12.1, then create a new file, and then use the "Import Family Lines" feature
to download ancestors from new.FamilySearch.org into your file to get you
started. Whether you are in the 60-day trial period or after that period,
this feature will be available for free use to download data from
Who Should Use Ancestral Quest 12.1?
- Anyone interested in recording their family tree will find Ancestral
Quest 12.1 to be an easy-to-use, fully functional program.
- Users of PAF 4 and PAF 5 are already used to the screens, methods and
reports of AQ 12.1, because these versions of PAF were developed from an earlier
version of AQ. If they are ready for a major upgrade to PAF, then switching to
AQ 12.1 will feel like a major upgrade to PAF. While it is not developed or
maintained by the LDS Church, it is developed and maintained by the company
who provided the primary code for PAF 5 to the LDS Church.
- Users of PAF 5 who want to continue to use their PAF 5 program will find
that AQ 12.1 is the ideal PAF Add-in. It will work beside PAF 5 to provide
additional functionality not available in PAF 5, such as the new capabilities
to work with new.FamilySearch.org, and yet let the user continue to use PAF 5
as their main program. AQ has
more tools to supplement PAF than any other add-in product. (See
- Perform matches on individuals or groups to determine which of your local records
have corresponding records in the Family Tree of new.FamilySearch.org.
- With the click of a mouse, import individuals and families from nFS into your local
file, or export individuals and families from your local file into nFS. No more need
to use GEDCOM to transfer information from your local file into nFS.
- Easily identify and combine duplicates in the Family Tree of nFS.
- Compare individuals in your database side-by-side with the corresponding
individuals in nFS, and synchronize information between your file and the Family
Tree with the click of a mouse.
- Compare families in your file side-by-side with the corresponding families
in nFS as you update your families with any additional information in the Family
Tree, and update the Family Tree with information from your file.
- Reserve ordinances, create FORs, track the progress of ordinances to
keep your local file up-to-date, and assign ordinance cards to others.
Unreserve ordinances as needed.
- Import ancestors from the Family Tree into your existing file or create
a new file with ancestral lines from the Family Tree. All LDS Ordinances will
be brought into your local file from nFS if you have the LDS options turned on.
- Sign in to help others who do not have access to nFS, or if you don't
have access to nFS, put AQ on a flash drive along with your data and go to a
Family History Center to have a person with access help you.
- New columns in the Name List let you sort by nFS ID to help you identify
which individuals have been linked to nFS and which have not.
What Users Are Saying About the New Features
"This new Ancestral Quest is absolutely brilliant for interfacing with the
New Family Search site....
This program is extremely fast."
- Ken Doyle, Australia
"As I use AQ 12.1, I find myself wanting to exclaim over and over again how nicely
the options are laid out and how logically the NFS functions are invoked."
- Marshall Brough, Australia
"Wow. Your new capability with new.FamilySearch is, indeed, impressive.
It is head and shoulders above others that I have had the privilege of
- a Family History Center staff member.
"For the last week, I have been linking/syncing/combining
and adding new records via AQ 12.1 into nFS. I have now linked/synced/combined or added
over 26,000 individuals into nFS from my 83,000-person data base. Many of those that I
have linked/synced are records of the same persons on whom I "donated" data ten years
ago to PRF. However, literally thousands of persons in my data base are "new" individuals
which I've entered into nFS via AQ 12.1. This work keeps me (actually my computer) busy 8-10 hours a day.
I mention the above so you can appreciate the "heavy lifting" that AQ 12.1 has been doing.
The more I use AQ 12.1 with nFS, the more I like it and the more I appreciate what you folks
at AQ have accomplished. Thanks for an outstanding product."
- AJG, Ellicott City, Maryland
"Ancestral Quest is an incredible program. The recent interface with new.FamilySearch is unbelievable. I was trying to make it way too hard. It is complex, but worth it. The tutorial opens doors you could never imagine having access to."
- Nancy Oram
* Ancestral Quest has been published under its own name of "Ancestral Quest,"
along with the titles of "LDS Ancestral Quest", "Family Ties", "Family Trees
Quick N Easy", "Heritage Family Tree Deluxe", and "Family Tree Heritage". Licensed,
altered versions of the code have been distributed by Ancestry.com as
"Ancestry Family Tree" and by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as
"Personal Ancestral File".
Ancestral Quest and Incline Software are trademarks of
Incline Software, LC. FamilySearch and the FamilySearch Logo are trademarks
licensed to the Genealogical Society of Utah and are registered in the
United States of America and other countries.